Woodworking Open Shop

This class is run as an open workshop, in which students design and construct projects of their choice. Expert instructors provide individual guidance on design, joinery, construction and finishing, based on individual student needs, and students draw upon each other’s expertise. Students often stay for multiple semesters, enjoying the camaraderie of the shop and progressing to more ambitious projects over time. Many fine pieces of original furniture and cabinetry have come out of this class.

Note: Projects must be kept to a manageable size. Beds, large tables, shelving units and the like put too severe a drain on our limited storage space. Students compelled to make large projects must speak first with an instructor and obtain permission. Our most common solution to these challenges is to ask students to work on parts in Woodworking Open Shop, then assemble larger elements and the final piece through private lessons, outside of regular class time, at a cost of $65/hour. Please inquire for details.

Course Number


Class Size


Age Range


Skill Level



Basic Woodworking or, if you have prior experience with wood and power tools, contact us to obtain instructor’s permission.

Before entering the wood shop, read about SAFETY.


Bring your own pencil and tape measure or ruler.

With instructors' guidance, you will supply your own wood and any special hardware.

Find out where to buy supplies.

Instructor, Schedule, and Cost


Section 1S: 10 Mondays, 12-3 pm
 Mar 31 – Jun 9, 2014 (no class May 26)
$340 – OPEN
Instructors: Frank Pettorossi, Joe Stanewick

Section 2S: 10 Mondays, 6:30-9:30 pm
 Apr 21 – Jun 30, 2014 (no class May 26) 
$340 – OPEN
InstructorsJulio Fuentes, Charlie Tardanico, Pete Chamberlin

Section 3S: 10 Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 pm
 Apr 24 – June 26, 2014  
$340 FULL
Instructors: Frank PettorossiJac VanLoonHoward Shrobe

Section 4S: 10 Fridays, 9 am-12 pm
 Apr 4 – Jun 6, 2014
$340 – OPEN
Instructors: Frank PettorossiJoe Stanewick

Section 5S: 10 Saturdays 9 am-12 pm
 Apr 5 – June 21, 2014 (no class May 24, June 14)
$340 – OPEN
Instructor: Frank Pettorossi, Jennifer Stephens


Section 6M: 10 sessions: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 pm
 July 8 – Aug 7, 2014
$340 – OPEN
Instructors: Frank PettorossiJoe Stanewick